|Date of birth||1 December 1968|
|Place of birth||Munich, West Germany|
|Date of death||31 July 2015 46)(aged|
|Place of death||Munich, Germany|
|Height||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|1986–1988||Bayern Munich (A)|
|1992–1994||1. FC Saarbrücken||24||(1)|
|1994–1997||Bayern Munich (A)||22||(0)|
|1998–2015||Bayern Munich (youth)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Stephan Beckenbauer (1 December 1968 – 31 July 2015) was a German footballer who played as a defender.
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